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Publisher's Note:  

Three kids get caught up in an adventure of historic proportions!

Anna, José, and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington D.C. airport, they encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have announced that the famous flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been stolen! Anna, certain that the culprits must be snowed in too, recruits Henry and José to help catch the thieves and bring them to justice.

But when accusations start flying, they soon realize there's more than justice at stake. As the snow starts clearing, Anna, José, and Henry find themselves in a race against time (and the weather!) to prevent the loss of an American treasure.



This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic


Capture the Flag

by Kate Messner

Review Date:
07/01/2012

Recommended Age:
9+

Overall Rating:
***1/2

Profanity / Language Rating:

Violence / Gore Rating:
*

Sex / Nudity Rating:

Overall Review:  

What are four kids stuck together in a snowbound airport waiting for their canceled flights to do? Solve a mystery, of course! Capture the Flag is an adventure from the very first page. I enjoyed the story's fast pace and memorable characters, and found the book easy to read and tough to put down. I did feel in the end like the mystery was a little too easily solved, and many of the characters felt a little underdeveloped. However, overall I found Capture the Flag to be a quick and enjoyable read—and perfect for the budding journalist or spy!


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:

***

 

Violence/Gore: A group of children speculate about a potential assassination. A man threatens a young boy. A man threatens a preteen with a knife.

 

Sex/Nudity:

***



Mature Subject Matter:  

Racial prejudice, immigration, theft



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Adult characters enter a bar.



Reviewed By CindyB
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